First-Year Students

First-year students laughing and walking in group.

Orientation: Spring 2020

Welcome to LMU! We are excited that you’ve decided to join LMU’s dynamic academic community. As you transition to life as a student at LMU, you and your family will receive support, guidance, and information from Orientation Programs on what you need to do in order to begin your journey as an LMU Lion.

Registration & Pre-arrival Preparation

As a new student, please check your email regularly for important registration and pre-arrival information. Prior to your arrival on campus, you will be asked to set-up an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss course options and to register for spring semester classes.

New Student Move-in

New students living in LMU Housing will be able to move-in prior to Orientation on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Visit the LMU Housing website to learn more about university housing options and the housing application process.

New Student Orientation

You should also plan to attend a one-day Orientation event on LMU’s Westchester campus on Friday, January 10, 2020; parents and family members are encouraged to attend Orientation with their student. LMU's New Student Orientation offers incoming students a warm welcome to campus, where new Lions meet student leaders, staff, and faculty who will support them in their transition to LMU. Orientation is a great introduction to life at LMU, and attendance is required. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the event will conclude at 5:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation Schedule

  • Thursday, January 9

    9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. | New Student Move-in | LMU Housing Office, Leavey 6

    • New students living in LMU Housing may plan to move-in on Thursday, January 9. Housing check-in will take place at the Student Housing Office in Leavey 6. Students should upload a OneCard photo to the MyPhoto portal by December 20, 2019 in order to pick-up their OneCard at the LMU Housing Office.
  • Friday, January 10

    8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Check-in, Resource Fair, & Campus Tours (Lawton Plaza)

    • Check-in for Orientation, enjoy a light continental breakfast, and meet with representatives from offices on campus who support students. Students and their guests are also invited to participate in a 45 minute, student-led walking tour of the LMU campus. Tours will depart at 8:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. & 9:15 a.m. 

    10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. | New Student Convocation (Sacred Heart Chapel)

    • Celebrate the start of your academic journey at LMU! This is the official university welcome for new students from LMU's faculty and leadership.

    11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Academics at LMU

    • Receive a welcome to your respective academic college and hear about the exciting opportunities for learning afforded to LMU students.

    12:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. | Lunch (Lawton Plaza)

    • Enjoy lunch with your Orientation Leaders and other new students attending Orientation.

    1:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. | Orientation Workshops & Activities (William H. Hannon Library & St. Robert's Hall)

    • Participate in workshops and activities designed to introduce you to important information you need to know to get started at LMU. 

    3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m. |Public Safety (Charles Von der Ahe Building, VDA 100)

    • Learn about safety and emergency preparedness resources on LMU's campus.

    3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Live the Lion's Code (Charles Von der Ahe Building, VDA 100)

    • Encounter what it means to "Live the Lion's Code" in this introduction to your ORNT 2000 class.

    4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Schedule Scouting

    • Take this opportunity to receive a personalized tour of your first semester classroom locations. Make sure to note the locations of each class in your schedule so Orientation Leaders can assist you with navigation during this activity.

  • Saturday, January 11

    11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | LMU Student Tailgate | Parking Lot C (in front of Burns Recreation Center)

    • Rally together with new and returning students for a tailgate, hosted by LMU Athletics. Make new friends and get ready for an exciting game that offers a glimpse of LMU’s school spirit. The first 100 students admitted to the tailgate will receive free food. 

    1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | LMU vs. Gonzaga (Men's Basketball) | Gersten Pavilion

    • In this annual match-up, LMU faces off against long-time rival, Gonzaga. Join new and returning students as they pack Gersten Pavilion to cheer on the men’s basketball team. New students are admitted free of charge by showing their LMU OneCard and should claim their ticket in advance, entering their LMU Student ID as the passcode. Parents and family members of new students may attend but must purchase tickets in advance through LMU Athletics, using the code "ORIENTATIONGUEST." These tickets provide seating in a special section reserved for family members and guests of new students--separate from the student seating. 

Course Requirement: ORNT 1000 & 2000 

Your Orientation experience continues during a 5-week course that provides an introduction to university life through interactive workshops on a variety of critical topics. Please make sure you are registered for ORNT 1000 as this is a requirement for all new freshmen.

Week 1: Course Welcome and Syllabus Review

Week 2: LMU Pregame

Week 3: Code Certified

Week 4: Courageous Conversations

Week 5: You’ve Got This: Resilience on the Bluff